Kane Kalas and Jason Koon threw down in a pot worth over $2 million USD (or €1.8M). It was so huge even random friends who are not into poker have been contacting me about it. Sure, us poker dorks knew about the hand when it occurred last week (and have been geeking out about it ever since), but now the normals and squares have gotten a whiff the baller action. The $2M hand has officially gone viral over the internets. Cue the "I WONT $2M" memes!
The 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series had a luxurious stopover in Montenegro for the last week or so. Jason Koon and Phil Ivey both won short deck poker SHR events during their stint in the Baltic. Koon also participated in a televised cash game (the €1 million cash game!) with the likes of Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonious, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, and Tom “durrrr” Dwan. But it would be fellow American Kane Kalas who stole the show.
Jason Koon recently got added to partypoker's growing list of illustrious stable of sponsored pros. The folks at partypoker signed him at the right time. 2018 has been very kind to Koon and he banked $5.8 million in tournaments this year… and it is still only May! Koon shipped $3.6 million for winning the SHR last week. Overall, Koon won $16.5 million playing in live events. God knows how much he's won in cash games and playing online.
Kane Kalas has over $1.2 million in career tournament earnings. Kalas' biggest score to date was a runner-up finish at a WPT Borgata event in 2014. Kalas won $500K for second place after he lost a heads-up bout against WPT crusher Darren Elias. Kalas also cashed in the WSOP Main Event for three consecutive years. That's nothing to sneeze out in the modern era.
If you're from the Philadelphia area, then you're familiar with the Kalas family name. And if you're an avid baseball fan, then you've heard the Kalas' voice. Kane is the son of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas, who was the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies for four decades. Kalas studied broadcast journalism in college and he's expressed an interest in following in his father's footsteps. Kalas provided WSOP commentary for PokerGO last summer. Kalas frequently plays in the $50/$100 NL game in Los Angeles that's regularly featured on Live at the Bike. Kalas took a shot at substantially higher stakes… and prevailed. Kalas more than held his own against deep-pocketed Asian high rollers and nosebleed denizens Jungleman, Ivey, and Dwan.
Watch Doug Poker breakdown the $2 million hand between Kalas and Koon…